Lisa M Lewis, PhD, RN, FAAN
Associate Professor of Nursing; Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusivity

Contact Information
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Room 453 Fagin Hall
418 Curie Blvd.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-4217
tel: (215) 898-0828

Lisa Lewis, PhD, RN joined the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing Faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Health 2005. She is a core faculty member of the Center for Health Equity Research. She received her PhD in Nursing, along with a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2002 after completing a BSN from Syracuse University in 1991 and an MA in Nursing Education from New York University in 1998.

Dr. Lewis teaches primarily in the Undergraduate Curriculum with a focus on the psychological and social diversity in health and wellness and community health nursing. In addition, she regularly provides guest lectures in several undergraduate and graduate courses on topics related to health disparities including: spirituality, adherence to treatment, and hypertension. As an educator, Dr. Lewis’ main focus has been to prepare nursing students who provide health care to the nation’s ever increasing diverse populations.

Dr. Lewis’ program of research focuses on reducing the racial disparities in blood pressure control. Using mostly community based research methods, she studies determinants of medication adherence in Blacks living with high blood pressure with an emphasis on psychosocial factors such as self-efficacy, social support, depression, spirituality, and perceived discrimination. Dr. Lewis also has expertise in the development and testing of community-based interventions targeted at improving the behavioral management of hypertension in settings such as faith-based organizations and has received competitive funding from the NIH and foundations to examine hypertensive Blacks’ beliefs about high blood pressure and its management. The Washington Post, U.S. News World Report, and the Philadelphia Inquirer have all cited the results of her research. Currently, she is funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) to conduct a longitudinal study of adherence to medication in hypertensive Black men (1R01NR013491-01A).

View Dr. Lewis' Penn Research News Videos on YouTube:
>High Blood Pressure and African Americans
>High Blood Pressure: Why You Need to Take Your Medication
>How to Take High Blood Pressure Medication

• Currently Funded Grants

• Center for Health Equity Research


Dr. Lewis has been recognized for her work with hypertensive Blacks. She has received awards for her scholarship including the Clinical Article of the Year Award from the American Heart Association Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and the Family and Community Health Department Outstanding Scholarship Award for Junior Faculty. She was invited to participate in the White House Forum on Women and the Economy and served on the State of Black Women’s Health Panel with U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sebelius. Dr. Lewis is on the editorial board for the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing and is a peer reviewer for several nursing and interdisciplinary journals. She serves as grant reviewer for the American Heart Association National Peer Review Committee on Behavioral and Clinical Science and Sigma Theta Tau International. Dr. Lewis is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) and a member of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, American Public Health Association, and the Eastern Nursing Research Society.

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Hypertension is a silent killer that causes a disproportionate number of preventable deaths among Blacks in the United States each year. Patient adherence to antihypertensive medication is an important strategy to control blood pressure. Unfortunately, rates of medication adherence are disturbingly low for hypertensive Blacks. My program of research addresses the unique challenges to medication adherence that hypertensive Blacks face and the development of strategies to overcome these challenges